Based on her likes, I pulled out blues and yellow to make a cheerful, unique orange peel mini quilt. I never would have chosen these colors without her, and I'm so pleased with the result!
This design was one of the many, many orange peel ideas in my sketchbook (yes, there are several more orange peel quilts coming this year! I can feel it!). It features two different sizes of orange peels, using two different white fabrics. I sewed together strips and scraps so that the colors morph vertically down the quilt from light to dark to light.
Here, I integrated one of the only scraps I have of this long out-of-print yellow Outfoxed fabric by Lizzy House. It seemed like the perfect use, so I was happy to use it in Rina's quilt. Even though this scrap features a few darker colors, it doesn't detract from the overall design. At least, I don't think it does. :)
The quilting was simple and exciting to execute. I used Aurifil #2600 (Dove) to echo the path of the orange peels, like the wind, and I interspersed swirls here and there. As I often do, I left the orange peels unquilted so that they "pop" off the surface.
Rina emailed me to tell me that winning this quilt was better than winning the lottery. She made my whole week! Thank you, Rina!
In case you'd like to hear more about my approach to choosing quilting motifs for modern quilts, feel free to watch my scope from Periscope this weekend:
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday, Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts
In case you'd like to see all the orange peel quilts I've made so far, check out the hashtag on Instagram: #jsorangepeelcollection.
I may not post again until the end of the week (we'll see) - I'll be at Byrne Sewing Connection in Doylestown, PA, lecturing on Improvisation from Tuesday to Wednesday! I'll be posting updates on Instagram (@quiltyhabit). I can't wait!